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Why do non-native speakers consider “bitch” to mean “prostitute”? [on hold]

Why do so many non-native speakers from very different linguistic backgrounds seem to understand the term bitch as being a synonym for prostitute?-- I have never heard a native speaker use the former ...
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What is the meaning of “how did you fare out”?

I was in a conversation with a person and I told them that I'm doing a wild guess (on something) to which the person replied, 'How did you fare out?' What is the meaning of this? Is this specific to ...
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The usage of whatever

What is the usage of whatever? Can I both use 'noun' and 'SVO' after 'whatever'? Eg.1: Whatever the motivation , haphazard clinical practice led to death. Eg. 2 Whatever it costs , it doesn't matter....
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One word for - learning from individual [closed]

I am looking for a word which fits: learning from individual (with passion)
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Correct usage of ‘on’, ‘at’ and ‘in’ from a foreigner’s point of view

As a foreign English speaker who never really studied too much English grammar other than the basics at high school, I am often struggling to use the correct form in certain phrases. At being ...
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How to correct/improve 's-' pronunciation at the beginning of a sentence?

As a native Spanish speaker, I tend to mispronounce some letters or words in English. One of them is the 's' sound at the beginning of a word, for example, I pronounce: 'slang' as /eslaŋ/ instead of ...
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Social Paradigm

It is come from the 7 habits of highly effective people book (2004) by Stephen Covey. He have mentioned Character Ethic & Personality Ethic are the examples of social paradigms. (Page 23) I ...
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Grammar problem [closed]

When that became a hassle , she found a doctor who would prescribe her harder stuff , such as Roxicodone. It was not difficult, she recalls from her office at the North Wilkesboro addiction-treatment ...
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Participle question

'I hope you will feel reassured when you learn that your daughter is safe.' Can I say ' I hope you will feel reassured when learning your daughter is safe'? Thank you
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Struggle 'to' or 'with'? [migrated]

Can anyone tell me what prepositions should be used after the verb 'struggle' because I both see 'struggle to' and 'struggle with' ? Eg1. A handful of other rich countries are struggling with opioid ...
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How to read mathematical formulas in English? [closed]

I am trying to learn a coding language while learning the same I realized the codes are simple English sentence converted into complex codes using special character similar to that of short-hand. ...
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Where do I learn cursive?

To give you some background information before I jump right into this question: I am a 15 year old freshman in high school, and unfortunately I was never really taught cursive at any point in time... ...
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When do I have to use 'will' instead of 'going to'?

Does going to only express an intention and will some kind of prediction that doesn't necessarily happen? EDIT: Thanks for all your answers. I asked this question because I always fail to complete ...
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“Emigrant” vs. “immigrant”

While studying one word substitution I came across these two words, what I understood till now is like this: Emigrant: One who leaves his own country to reside to another. Immigrant: A person who ...
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What is the difference between motivation and inspiration [closed]

Please explain me, what is the difference between "motivation" and "inspiration"
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In/at/about your company I like

I'd like to apply for a job at a company I haven't worked yet. Which is the correct preposition? At your company ____ I appreciate(/like) your high standard of quality, your effort to provide ...
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Are there resources that connect the multiple meanings of “as”?

Respecting this answer, This is often the cases when one reads dictionary definitions but in fact, it's not very difficult to see the connections. the semantic field of 'as' is actually quite ...
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Rule on absence of the article “the” with plural nouns [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Definite article with plural nouns I recently reviewed (as I believe, rather thoroughly) the rules of using articles in English and I do not recall any rule on absence of ...
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Hello everyone! I'm looking for a PC program to help me learn particular words [closed]

So, I see such a program this way: in the first field I input some words in English, in the second one I input their translations. Then the program RANDOMLY shows me words in English I inputed earlier,...
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Categorize English words based on difficulty to learn by foreigner [closed]

I have a list of 8000 English words used in my application to training vocabularies for new learners. I need to categorize these words into three categories (easy,medium,hard). Are there any known ...
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does this statement refer to futur tense?

commemoration to be held for victims. I mean: do these have same meaning "commemoration will be held for victims"
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“This is a book” what is the role of “book”? [closed]

What is book in this sentence ? This is a book. Is that an Object? What are the nouns that come in the sentences with to be's? Like my friend in He is my friend?
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How to tell someone - I got an information form a third person

How do I tell that I got some information from a third person - is it correct to say "I learnt form team ABC project live date is 10th August" or "I know from team ABC that project live date is 10th ...
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How do we respond to tag question after urgings starting with 'Let's'?

There is a question bothering me. It is about an acceptable response to a tag question following Let's ... The following example is from English Club: A: "Let's go, shall we?" B: "________." ...
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What are the trickiest parts of English? [closed]

I have been learning English for almost 15 years now, and the trickiest things I've found are: articles: "a", "an", "the", countables/uncountables e.g. go to (blank) school The ...
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Who would be a good author for someone learning English? [duplicate]

My wife is trying to improve her English skills and would like to start by reading as much literature as possible. My question is: what are the English or American authors that are easy to understand ...
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Advanced English Pronunciation [closed]

first thing first I hope this is not off-topic. So here's my problem: my spoken English is quite good, to the point that I'm sometimes mistaken for a native (American) speaker. However, there are ...
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How to use “undertaken” as an adjective [duplicate]

The analysis of undertaken research. Is this statement correct? I mean is "undertaken" the correct adjective?
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Is learning English, the high school way appropriate?

By school way i mean teaching that if this grammatical element comes the next should be this or something like that. Can't we learn the language intuitively? To my extent of knowledge it is okay to ...
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Best practice to learn English [closed]

How should I start to improve my English? I know this may closed as off-topic, but I just need some clear steps. Thanks in advance
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Grammar: What does it really take to be “very good” at it? [closed]

I will try to formulate this question so that it makes sense for a wider audience and suits the style of the QA here. Feel free to suggest changes. I am a non-native English speaker living in the US ...
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“learnings” to talk about things that were learned but that were not taught

I understand that the use of learnings is very controversial. Some say you can't use it, while others say, "there is nothing wrong with teachings, so why with learnings?". I want to use learnings not ...
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English books reading complexity ratings

Is there some rating for book regarding how hard they are to read for foreigners? Or the way to figure out how more difficult is book A than book B? I have begun reading "All The King's Men" and ...
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Is English considered easier to learn than most of the other languages in the world? [closed]

In comparison to the other languages, I think English is much more simpler. For example, compared to French, English nouns have no gender, adjectives have only one form and verbs have extremely simple ...
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Idiom or phrase meaning

I can not find the meaning of this phrase: perished of fits. What does it mean? It is an idiom? Thanks for help and understanding.
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Newton's first law, unless + past participle

I was reading Newton's first law: An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force....
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in the early January or in early January [closed]

I am confused with the use of "early." For example, I heard people say that I will be back early January. But on the internet, I saw people use it with proposition "in" and some even put "the" in ...
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Is there software that can determine whether I speak with a neutral accent?

I have a query regarding enhancing my accent. I am searching for software in which I speak a paragraph and it compares my speech to find out whether it is accent-free or not.
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Which word can honestly portray a non-native's language abilities [closed]

I have often been intrigued by the following questions in various documents across the Indian sub-continent: Ability to read, speak, and write - Yes. Fluency level- Beginner, Intermediate, ...
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Fun and enjoyable ways to practice pronunciation?

English is not my native language and I'm really proud of being able to write it quite well. I have lots of problems with pronunciation though. In Finnish most words are pronounced the same as they ...
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Stingy, miserly and frugal: what is the difference in usage?

Could you please provide an example sentence for each adjective so that to show a situation when only one of the adjectives may be used while the others may not? The thing that confuses me most is ...
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How to guess/divine definitions from etymology?

I've been using the word 'intuition' to characterise such questions, of which I've asked many, so I'd like to learn or be enlightened about the general methodology. Is there a formal term? ...
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Is it possible to learn English by just listening and speaking (without knowing formal grammar rules) [closed]

My native language is Chinese. Most people in my country grow up without having been taught formal grammar. I am surprised to find foreigners being taught Chinese and learning grammar rules that even ...
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Word to describe a native English speaker who mixes up words and miscommunicates [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a word to describe someone who often inaccurately uses words? Sometimes when I speak from the gut I mix up words and convey the wrong message. Often times the ...
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What is the word pronounced at 0:48 in this video? [closed]

In this video, there is a word that I try manage to guess (I'm french), but in vain. At 0:47, he says: "there is this X that all software developers are the same." What is X? I understand that the ...
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Where to learn about commas (academic/mathematical writing in particular)

I have recently tried to learn how to place commas properly when writing in English, but I experienced a great difficulty in finding some good material on the subject. My goal is to be good (or at ...
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A dictionary based on word occurrence frequencies

Since there are so many language resources on the internet nowadays, I was wondering if there is an online dictionary(or any other language tool) that would list the words not only in the alphabetical ...
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Is Eckersley's *Essential English* still in use? [closed]

When I taught myself English a long time ago I used (alongside Assimil's L'anglais sans peine and the BBC's Calling all beginners) a series of four books, Essential English authored by C.E. Eckersley ...
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Pronunciation of “r”

How would you describe the pronunciation of r to somebody who speaks English as second language?
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“Without reason” or “Without reasons”?

Do we say "Without reason" or "Without reasons"? (e.g. She started laughing without (apparent) reason(s).). Is "reason" countable or not? Can we ever use a plural noun after "without"?